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Erin's Ring Paperback – November 24, 2014

4.8 out of 5 stars 14 ratings

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"Highly recommended for Catholic classrooms, Erin's Ring is a Catholic novel that weaves Irish-American history with the present. This wholesome novel had me shed tears of sadness and joy, and these brave young Irish-Catholic women from different generations drew me in. Lovingly and tenderly written, Erin's Ring is a story of true friendship, sacrificial love, and above all, the God Who is never bound by time or space."   --Nancy Carabio Belanger, author of The Gate First Place Winner, 2014 Catholic Press Awards for Novels

"Truly a wonderful story for all ages! A quest to find the owner of a tarnished, golden Claddagh ring found in Saint Mary's churchyard, by thirteen-year-old Molly McCormick, begins an exciting journey through the annals of Dover, New Hampshire history for Molly and her new found friend Theresa Grant. I highly recommend Erin's Ring to all readers who love a great tale that will lift their spirit. The glossary of  English and Irish Terms, which makes it a great novel for classroom teachers and students of history."  Rosemary McDunn, author of The Green Coat, A Tale from the Dust Bowl Years

"From the Nineteenth to the late Twentieth Century, Erin's Ring offers an engaging contemporary and historical perspective on faith. Teenagers and adults alike will relate to the intertwined stories of young women navigating challenges in their family relationships, love interests, and Catholic faith. This is a book that will bring joy and hope to all readers!"  Tiffany Walsh, blogger at Life of a Catholic Librarian

"Laura Pearl brings vivid detail to the lives of young Catholics in two different eras, highlighting the history of the Irish Catholics who brought the faith to Dover, New Hampshire, and illustrating the Friendship, Love, and Loyalty symbolized by a very special Claddagh ring that bridges the generations."  --Amy M. Bennett, author of the Black Horse Campground mysteries

"Erin's Ring was especially enjoyable reading for me, being a descendant of "tenacious Irish immigrants." Laura Pearl's story of "Faith, Family, and Friends" weaves a narrative of girls from different generations, but with the same Irish Catholic backgrounds and values."  Kay Murdy founder and coordinator of the Catholic Bible Institute co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Archdiocese and Loyola Marymount University. Kay's latest book is Song of the Dove 

From the Back Cover

What story might this ring tell, if only it could talk?

When thirteen-year-old Molly McCormick, who has recently moved from the Midwest to Dover, New Hampshire, finds an old Irish Claddagh ring poking up out of the dirt in a garden outside her local parish church, she is immediately intrigued. The ring's inscription, "To Erin--Love, Michael", fills her head with romantic possibilities. She teams up with her new friend, Theresa Grant, to uncover the story behind the lost ring. With the help of the head librarian at the public library, the two girls become immersed in the rich history of the Irish immigrants who came to Dover in droves during the 19th century, to escape famine and poverty in their homeland and make better lives for their children and grandchildren.

Molly and Theresa learn about the courage, tenacity, and deep faith that were the hallmarks of the Irish immigrants--people with names like Ann and Seamus, Cara and Finn, and of course, Erin and Michael. The young girls eagerly delve into old records tucked away in the dark corners of the library and learn how instrumental Dover's Irish-Catholics were in getting the first Catholic church built in their New England town.

Molly and Theresa set out to discover the origins of the mysterious ring, but they unearth a story that is far stranger and infinitely more touching than anything they could have ever imagined.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bezalel Books (November 24, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1936453290
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1936453290
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.51 x 0.41 x 8.5 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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